This topic will show you what kind of software you need for making pixel art.
Yes, you can make pixel art using Microsoft Paint, but hardly.(if you use Windows 7, don't do it.)
Paint.net is a advance version of Microsoft paint, and is easy to use than Microsoft paint.
A software especially created for making pixel art, easy to use but it's not noob-friendly.
A drawing and animation software designed similar to the famous Amiga Deluxe Paint, this software can also be use for pixel art animations.
A powerful and intuitive paint, image processing, animation and 24-bit printing package. Employ stunning effects like emboss, water-colors, transparencies and stereograms (as in "Magic Eye").
A complete development utility for graphics of tile-based games.
A full-featured 32-bit Windows graphics program for image creation, viewing and manipulation
A cross-platform pixel editor for creating game animations, tiles and sprite sheets.
A graphics program widely used by the game-making community (RPG Maker in particular), which uses palletized graphics, grid snapping, and animation previews. It is very useful for those making graphics for a tile-based game.
A very powerful tool in fast prototyping and gamejam scenarios.
A sprite rotation and scaling utility developed by Xenowhirl. It outperforms most professional graphics software (such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro) when rotating sprites through an angle other than 90° or one of its multiples. Typically, other graphics editors will apply anti-aliasing or use a primitive nearest-neighbor method when rotating images, which produces results that are ugly or unsuitable for sprites.
SOFTWARE THAT YOU NEED TO BUY IT
If you want to make a RTP quality pixel art fast, this software is suit for you, but expensive.
A open source pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With innovative features like a unique color palette system, patterns, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, Pixen also makes creating frame-by-frame animations fun and easy, unfortunately this is only for Mac OS X.
Artweaver lets you paint creatively with the help of a huge range of painting tools, this software can even create more than pixel art.
Easy Icon Maker
A small and easy-to-use all-in-one icon utility for icon making editing, changing, extracting, searching, and exploring.
A more advance software for making icon(s), the software is look-like Paint.net
There are still some other software for pixel making, i discovered a online pixel art making software but i thought it would be useless, but why not? it's called Piq and Pixlr, and expect more tools recommended soon, and try some other member suggested tools.
Edited by Emzie, 19 January 2013 - 10:28 AM.